Ramsey Campbell does it again with a tale of horror and regret in which a group of friends all make a pact with the devil through a chain letter in order to have their dreams come true, but with horrifying consequences. The rest of the novel is the 4 friends trying to break the pact that they have signed their soul to.

This book made me keep turning the pages, granted, it's not one of his absolute best, but I felt this was a pretty good novel for beginner horror readers to try out, since it's not too hard or long of a novel to read. It is a bit aged (1986), but it still holds up fairly well. It's not necessarily scary, like some other horror novels, but is more of a psychological thriller, with an undertone of paranormal suspense. All in all, I would give this one a try, but I think some of his other novels are a lot better than Obsession.

Book Blurb for Obsession

The deal seemed too good to be true. Until it came time to pay.

The letters said, “Whatever you most need, I do. The price is something that you do not value and which you may regain.” To four teenagers, it seemed an offer too good to pass up. They filled out the enclosed forms. Indeed, they soon got what they needed most, but in shocking ways they never imagined. Twenty-five years later, they have never been able to forget the horror. But it’s not over yet. In fact, it’s about to get much worse. Now it’s time to pay the price.

This book has been previously published.

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2012 4.00